Audio Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)

Third Grave Dead Ahead Book Cover Third Grave Dead Ahead
Charley Davidson #3
Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
Macmillan Audio
January 31st 2012
9 hours and 51 minutes


Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil's son just won't give up?


Many have recommend the Charley Davidson series to me and now I’ve finally picked it up. I’ve been really enjoying this series and how things are progressing. The series does need to be read or listened to in order. 

Third Grave Dead Ahead is full of mysteries, betrayals, heartache, and revelations. 

There is a lot going on in this installment; with three different mystery’s happening, understanding exactly what Charley can do, and Charley now trying to get in and out of the asylum without the biker club catching her.

The overall plot moved along well and now I know a bit more about Charley and her abilities, though we are not finished learning what she can do as the Grim Reaper. Their is much more to discover. I love the friendship Charley has with Cookie. Cookie is a great secondary character and just adds to the story. The witty humor continues to be fun, but at times if feel like Charley uses it to mask her stupid mistakes or maybe it’s her way of copping with a difficult and stressful situation. I do have to say I was rolling my eyes at some of the things Charley did in this one and I will point out that I didn’t care for how this one started, dream sex. Other then that I had fun and enjoyed the story and progress happening. 

Reyes of course plays a part in the story. He’s got his own agenda in Third Grave Dead Ahead and once Charley figures it out, it’s almost too late. Then to top it off she’s got her investigations and her family to deal with. She really hasn’t had it easy and dons’t have many people on her side. I was angry and sad for Charley. The men in her life really upset me. What Reyes and her father do, really made me sad. 

The Narrator, Lorelei King continues to make this series enjoyable. She does an outstanding job bringing Charley to life and all the characters. I continue to appreciate and like the audio version for this series. 

If you enjoy snarky humor and a good mystery then give the Charley Davidson series a try. I highly recommend the audio version for the series. 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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12 comments on “Audio Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)

  1. I’m really wanting you to love this series. I hope it gets better for you. The audio is the absolute best way to read this series by far. I tried doing the ebook once and it wasn’t even close to the same.

    • I’m finding that audiobooks give a whole new perspective especially if the narrator can bring out the characters and their voices. I’m having a great time with the audios. I hope my library has them all, because I don’t want to read this series. I will if I have too, but for some reason I thing the audios will be better then reading. LOL ^_^

  2. Awesome review Angela! Shared on my socials!!

  3. This is a series I really love on audio. Darynda Jones is amazing, but Lorelei King really adds to the story. I’m glad that you’re enjoying this series as much as I have.
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    • I agree the audio adds to the story. I really like Ms. King narration of this series.
      Melanie, I have to say that I appreciate your audio reviews. They have helped me try out audios, new authors, and books. Thank’s!!

  4. I want to listen to the audible for these too Angela
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  5. I just read the twelfth book in this series and will say things just get better and better. I was a bit confused in the beginning of this series but after the fourth book it does start to click in and the author always makes me smile with her humor. Reyes and Charley..just WOW! You will see when you get through more books in the series. I don’t want to sat too much because one really has to read them all to understand everything. I will say that it is worth every penny to do so!

  6. Oh I always have a great time with this series!